Pioneering black teachers led the way in 1800s

Elizabeth N. Smith was the first African American schoolteacher appointed to a racially integrated school in Boston.

Union activists, pols rally against Janus case

Union activists and elected officials gathered outside a Boston fire house in Dewey Square Monday to participate in a Day of Action to Support Public Sector Workers, a rally that took place in cities across the country this weekend.

Lawyers’ Committee sues Trump admin. on protected status decision

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, in partnership with the immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente, recently filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran and Haitian immigrants.

A challenge to black voting power

Many American citizens were disturbed to learn that the Russians had infiltrated the last presidential election, and plans are underway to continue to disrupt the nation’s democratic process. The indictment of 13 Russians and three companies settled the assertion that ...

With racial inclusion, we all win

Is the primary purpose of Black History Month to provide an opportunity to applaud the achievements of black heroes, or does it stand for more than that? Is it also appropriate to extol the benefits of the successful elimination of ...

In the news: Komba Lamina

The Boy Scouts Spirit of Adventure Council has appointed Komba Lamina of Lynnfield, who has specialized in bringing the scouting experience to underserved communities, as its new chief diversity officer. In his new role, Lamina will be responsible for strengthening ...

District Attorney Conley’s departure sets off yet another contested race

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s announcement he will not seek office next year has changed the calculus in what is shaping up to be a busy state election year.

Court rules against BPD’s bypassing black applicant

The Suffolk Superior Court recently decided that the Boston Police Department was not justified in bypassing a black applicant due to a disposition 16 years earlier that was continued without a finding.

Violist’s career forever linked to MLK

One of only a few African-Americans to find success in classical music, violist Marcus Thompson has garnered critical acclaim since the start of his illustrious career. The South Bronx native earned the Juilliard School’s first-ever doctorate in viola performance, and ...

Walking the line

“Skeleton Crew,” debuting at Huntington Theatre Company on March 2, follows four Detroit autoworkers dealing with the fading industry from their break room. Relationships are complicated by rumors of the plant closing and tension about the future hangs over the ...

Georgia museum showcases powerful, contemporary black art

The dark history of slave labor laces through the beautiful homes and lush garden squares of Savannah, Georgia. But inside the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for the Arts, contemporary African American creators are celebrated and revered. Two exhibits, “Carrie Mae ...

Sounds of social justice

On Friday, March 5, Roxbury Community College presents Sweet Honey in the Rock at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Sweet Honey has been performing a cappella and electric pieces rooted in African American history and tradition for 45 years. Though ...

PR and marketing synergy

Domenic Amenta founded DPA Communications in 2012, after learning about traditional PR at Regan Communications in Boston for seven years, often from the agency’s founder himself, George Regan.

What do you think it would take to overcome the divisiveness in U.S. society?

Everything is so messed up. It would be a process. It couldn’t happen overnight.

School turnaround bill advances

Days after the Question 2 ballot initiative backing charter school expansion went down by a decisive 62-38 margin in 2016, charter proponents including Gov. Charlie Baker cited the Springfield Empowerment Zone as the next new education reform.